Agriculture and livestock

Capital costs for setting up a new vegetable CSA [pdf, 156 kb]

Examples of approximate capital costs for tools and materials required to set up a CSA.

Pig Ignorant? [pdf, 670 kb]

A Soil Association guide to small scale pig keeping, 2nd edition, by Jim Pettipher.

Crop planning tool  [Spreadsheet, 154 kb]
Guide to crop planning tool  [pdf, 133 kb]

A spreadsheet designed to help your cropping and rotation planning. To be used as a guide for estimating revenue and planting area.

Soil Association guide to rotations for organic horticulture field crops [pdf, 566kb]

A comprehensive guide to organic horticultural field crop rotations.

Propogation for CSAs  [pdf, 137 kb]

Suggestions on how to source seedlings and plants to overcome the problems faced when entering commercial scale growing in a CSA.

Scaling up your horticultural enterprise to supply a CSA[pdf, 83kb]

Advice on what you need to take in to consideration when scaling up your horticultural enterprise and planning your crop rotation for growing for a CSA enterprise. These notes were prepared for a training event held at Glebelands Farm.

Box schemes
Farmers’ markets

A series of practical guides aimed at farmers looking to diversify your business and marketing your produce. Selling direct to the consumer gives obvious benefits such as receiving the full price for your produce, complete control of your business and the chance to expand into new areas, opportunities to experiment with more unusual varieties and breeds and of course connecting with your customers and getting direct feedback.

As a grower sees it – getting to grips with growing vegetables

Written by Tim Deane who has farmed at Northwood Farm, Devon with his partner Jan for nearly 30 years and established the first vegetable box scheme in 1991.

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